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Kellyanne Conway keeps accidentally revealing Trump’s fascist intentions — according to a historian

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Donald Trump and Steve Bannon are carrying out an authoritarian coup, according to an expert on fascist history — and Kellyanne Conway keeps dropping hints about their intentions.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat, professor of history and Italian studies at New York University, warned in a CNN column that Trump and his chief strategist intended to remake American politics in their own image, and she cites some revealing comments by Conway, a senior counselor to the president, to back her claims.

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The author of Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema argued that the president and his team were intentionally generating “confusion and chaos” with a quick succession of executive orders, especially a controversial ban on travelers from some predominantly Muslim nations.

Ben-Ghiat called these “shock events,” which she argued were intended to disorient and disrupt Americans and the political system to help Trump consolidate his power. Conway, the president’s campaign manager, applauded the chaotic implementation of the immigration ban, celebrated Trump’s orders as “breathtaking” and warned “get used to it. @POTUS is a man of action and impact … Shock to the system. And he’s just getting started.”

The historian described how Trump and his team appeared to be setting up a “government within the government” to further consolidate their power and sideline dissenters. This strategy requires the creation of a small group of loyal insiders — say, the Strategic Initiatives Group — that takes orders directly from the president’s inner circle and bypass existing chains of command. Conway described this setup when she said: “It’s really time for (Trump) to put in his own security and intelligence community.”

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That tight inner circle must then purge anyone — the acting attorney general, for example, or the State Department’s entire senior staff — who questions their absolute authority over even the truth itself. “You’re saying it’s a falsehood,” Conway said, challenging unflattering reports about the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd. “Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.” Then even outside dissent must be silenced, as Conway warned. “Not one network person has been let go, not one silly political analyst and pundit who talked smack all day long about Donald Trump has been let go,” Conway said. “I’m too polite to mention their names, but they know who they are, and they are all wondering who will be the first to go. The election was three months ago. None of them have been let go.”


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Stefanik voters turning on GOP lawmaker after she threw away her credibility to defend Trump

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Over the course of the impeachment hearings, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has gone from a relative backbencher who sells herself as a moderate to voters in Upstate New York, to a theatrical partisan grandstanding for President Donald Trump and a top target of ire from Democrats.

But according to Politico, at least some of her voters appear turned off by her new stance.

"While Stefanik once able to strike a delicate balance between her Republican identity and her positions on issues like climate change, some think those earlier convictions are gone, like Phillip Paige, a former Stefanik backer and a member of SUNY Potsdam’s College Republicans," wrote Politico's Anna Gronewald. "A native of the 21st district’s Madrid, New York, Paige said he started to lose faith in Stefanik when she began supporting Trump as the party’s nominee in 2016. Paige supported John Kasich’s candidacy in that election. 'A lot of her boots-on-the-ground young Republican crowd has really become quite disillusioned,' he said. 'We saw her as what we thought the future of the Republican Party was and that really has been disproven. Unless, maybe the future of the Republican party is Donald Trump.'"

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GOP ridiculed for hyping Ohio anti-impeachment protest — and only a handful of Trump supporters showed

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The official Twitter of account of the Republican National Committee was buried in mockery after hyping up a video of anti-impeachment protesters in Youngstown, Ohio, where it appears only a handful of people showed up.

According to the tweet, "Ohioans are sick and tired of the Democrats’ impeachment charade. It’s time to STOP THE MADNESS!"

However, in the video from WKBN, which can be seen below, few people chose to show up for the cameras.

As one commenter noted with tongue-in-cheek, "Thought Ohio had a few more people than that."

That was the general consensus in the comments.

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Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’

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In a piece for the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty called out first lady Melania Trump for her statement defending her husband's bullying of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in a fit of jealousy after she was selected Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.

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